Community Grants

Our next Grant Cycle will open January 1, 2019.  

BCF Community Grants focus on local funding opportunities that are tailored to support the long term success of children, youth and families throughout Benton County.  All grant requests must be for a program which supports the growth and success of children, youth and families in Benton County and fit within one of the following priorities: 


Arts and Culture  (e.g. art programs, musical opportunities for youth)

Basic Needs  (e.g. school supplies, emergency food)

Capacity Building and Capital Projects  (e.g. supplies for programs, case management, infrastructure)

Investing in Youth  (e.g. education, mentorship, early literacy, scholarships)

Science, Technology and the Environment (e.g. nature and technology focused summer camps or after school programs)


For additional information concerning grants or Benton Community Foundation please visit our Grants & Scholarships page, or contact the Foundation staff and/or the Grants Manager.

2017 Community Grant Cycle Recipients 


Arts and Culture 

Cornerstone Associates and WINGS, "Rock the Heart and Soul" 

Corvallis-OSU Symphony,  Symphony Performance for 4th and 5th grade students 


Basic Needs

Jackson Street Youth Services, Next Steps Program 

Stone Soup, Food Program 

Vina Moses, Back to School Program 

Assistance League of Corvallis, Coats for Operation School Bell 


Capacity Building and Capital Projects 

Community Outreach Inc, Children's Services

Mid-Valley Harvest, Food Harvest Program 

Philomath Community Services, Purchase and install lift

Room at the Inn, Case Management 

Casa Latinos Unidos de Benton County, Educational Workshops 


Investing in Youth 

College Hill High School, Summer Farm Program 

Old Mill Center, Therapeutic and Educational Support Program 

South Benton Community Enhancement, Read on Wheels and Art in the Park 

Corvallis Environmental Center, Healthy Schools Imitative 

Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis, Summer Scholarships

Philomath Youth Activities Club, Scholarship Program 


Science, Technology and the Environment 

STEM Academy, Scholarship Program 



If you received a grant from BCF in 2017, Impact Reports are due August 31, 2018. If the grant funds have been depleted, reports can be submitted prior to the deadline. Email Sarah Leskovec, Grants Manager with any questions. 


 2017 Initiatives 

Guthrie/Milsap Summer Youth Employment Initiative

BCF is proud to have again partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis ("BGCC") for a youth employment initiative. This is the fourth year of this collaborative summer youth employment initiative. In the summer of 2013 with BCF support and funding, BGCC, the Corvallis Parks & Recreation, Osborn Aquatic Center, and the Community Services Consortium successfully matriculated 8 teens through BGCC's pilot of T3: Training Teens for Tomorrow, previously known as Measures of Success. These 8 teens completed workforce training, interviewed with potential employers, accepted summer employment, and earned their first paychecks.

T3: Training Teens for Tomorrow is a phased-based, targeted, teen education and employment program that prepares youth with 21st Century skills to support and align academics with future career pathways and industry trends. The program also is a good match with the donor intent expressed in BCF's Guthrie and Millsap Endowed Funds.

BCF granted the distributable income from these funds to BGCC again in 2017 with the goals of raising the number of teens employed by the program and expanding the types of employment available to participants.


Lagestee Regional Initiative

Harry & Lorraine Lagestee generously supported Philomath and Corvallis organizations in their lifetimes and their Community Fund continues this support. Their fund is specific to the Philomath, Blodgett, Alsea and Summit communities to support families in crisis. BCF brought together many of the nonprofits already working in these areas for a collaborative approach to helping this region. With the leadership and coordination of Strengthening Rural Families this group has set three goals for this year: support of direct services for families and individuals, engaging in a resource and needs analysis, and a coordination of services between the organizations to improve navigation and access. The initiative cycle runs from July to June. We are happy to be able to partner and support the work done by this collaborative group.